Project Impact, the city of Apalachicola’s afterschool and summer camp program, was recently recognized by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) as an exemplary program and will be featured in a national report to the federal Department of Education.



Funded as a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC), Project Impact serves the needs of students and families at two sites in Apalachicola: the Apalachicola Bay Charter School and the Community Municipal Complex . Project Impact was visited by a DOE administrative team last summer and was selected from 139 actively participating Florida 21st CCLC programs.



The City of Apalachicola Project Impact program was recommended as exemplary for its overall implementation of an effective and impactful 21st CCLC program, with special attention given to the program’s Project Based Learning (PBL) component and partnerships including student boat building with the Apalachicola Maritime Museum, and the Summer Reading Program in collaboration with the Apalachicola Municipal Library.



 “Constant communication, enthusiastic and compassionate employees, close community ties and a clear-cut focus on student needs are among the key elements making City of Apalachicola Project Impact an exemplary 21st CCLC program spotlighted by the State of Florida,” the report stated. “This 21st CCLC program structure is an impactful one as it is tailored specifically to fit the resources and capabilities of its location. Students are learning through this program that their small coastal town has a lot to offer, as will they in their budding futures. Program staff and members of the community, business and city officials alike, all come together and work well as a cohesive unit to provide the best for the children living in Apalachicola. The Project Impact family stands as a shining example to other programs with the attitude ‘if there is a will, there is a way,’ a best practice that can be shared by all aspiring programs.”



 



Time for summer camp registration!



Enrollment for Project Impact Camp Funshine: Fizz, Boom, Splash is open.



Students from pre-K to eighth grade will be served at the ABC site and pre-K to 12th grade at the city site. The theme of the Summer Reading Program is “Fizz, Boom, READ” and was developed by the 2014 Summer Collaborative Reading Program and the state library system. Students can earn rewards for their reading time through the summer while helping to boost their skills for the next school year.



The focus this year will be on STEM subjects, (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) with other summer highlights including pottery program, art & crafts, science experiments, computer technology, chess tournament, sports and several field trips. The second year of “Boats Rock!” was launched during the April antique boat show.



A special basketball and leadership camp will also be offered. The summer performing arts program will feature video production with a film premiere at the end of the summer. Program hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 9 and running through July 25. The program will be closed for the Fourth of July week. Credit recovery classes will be offered at the City Site Monday to Thursday during program hours. Enrollment may be limited.



The summer program is provided free of charge. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Families may enroll their child in Project Impact at either the ABC or city sites or online at projectimpactfcs.org.



For more information please call Faye Johnson, program director, at 370-0145. Project Impact is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program sponsored by the City of Apalachicola.